NOT BAD FOR A GIRL by Isabella Taves


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The hard-rock chauvinism which surfaced the day Sharon suited up for her first game with the Whitier Cubs little league team is guaranteed to raise the hackles of any sports-minded girl. This is a good piece of reportage insofar as it is based on a true incident and the arguments for coed baseball are well presented, but unfortunately it makes a thin, unsatisfactory novel. Girls would surely want to know more about Sharon's feelings and her relationships with those her own age, but she is consistently described from an adult point of view not calculated to arouse the sympathies of kids -- ""She was no tomboy. She was every inch a delightful twelve year-old girl. She had charm and innocence."" Most of the scenes monitor the prejudices and rationalizations of Whitier's adults and it's the coach, Dan Shafer, who emerges as the real martyr while Sharon remains on the sidelines of her own story.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1972
Publisher: Evans--dist. by Lippincott